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  1. My 1st Rolex
  2. Hi there Im a new memeber from South Africa. A little about myself and my watches: Im a Mechatronic Engineeri working in Johannesburg. I love classic watches, just about anything and everything with a bit of history. I have a few heirloom watches including the topic of this thread a seiko 7t42-7A10. I also have a patek philippe along with a citizen eco divers and a few more generic modern new watches. Unfortunate my seiko has stopped running and I've been searching high and low for anybody who can help me repair it or even just to source an alternative movement. I'm a clumsy person so i prefer not to open my watches myself. Especially as i don't want to learn any expensive lessons on one of my heirlooms. Hears where you guys come in. What advice can you give a novice and where do I continue the search?
  3. Hi , I'm new to the forum however a very keen watch guy. Pretty new however have now got a couple of nice watches to include 66 Tudor 7928- 71 Submariner Red- 04 Sub-Green Bezel - couple of others. I recently just bought a gorgeous Adrem vintage dive watch with a world time bezel. IM keen to find out more about the maker and the function...been searching on the web and nothing so hopefully someone out there can help. Thanks Mark
  4. I'm afraid I know very little about watches, and I was hoping to buy my girlfriend a nice vintage watch for her birthday which is fast approaching. I was hoping somebody could give me a second opinion on whether or not this deal seems legit. https://www.donedeal.ie/jewellery-for-sale/sale-cortebert-ladys-gold-vintage-wristwatch/11401880 Thank you
  5. Hello All, I fished this old Vulcain out of the Bay on a whim. Something about it attracted me, I can't really put my finger on what. Vulcain_K01small by wotsch2, on Flickr It's not mint, the glass is a little scratched, but it seems to be in pretty good condition for a seventies watch. The dial and hands look to be in very good condition. The case is stainless steel with brushed and polished surfaces and, which is hard to see in my quick phone pics, has gold colouring on the brushed surfaces above and below the dial. Vulcain_K02small by wotsch2, on Flickr The case is a classic seventies shape and the TV-shaped glass protrudes quite a way. Vulcain_K03small by wotsch2, on Flickr The case is interesting, with an inner and outer case. The inner case contains the movement, dial and glass (I think) while the outer case is the surround. I haven't worked out how to separate them yet. I am guessing that this allowed the manufacturer to produce a standard 'core' module and exchange the front part to vary the shape and design of the product. If anyone has any information on this I'd be very pleased to hear it. Vulcain_K04small by wotsch2, on Flickr I opened it up and the movement is an ETA 2789-1, clearly marked under the balance wheel. According to Ranfft (here), this is a 25 jewel movement, running at 21600bph and with a 45 hour power reserve. The rotor on this one is marked with "17 jewels" and I've come across a number of other watches online from Rado with the same 17 jewel movement, so I suppose Ranfft hasn't got complete information in this case. It seems that this movement was used by a number of brands in the seventies - Rado, Candino, Cyma to name a few I found and it also seems that Enicar's AR2167 movement is based on (or just a relabled version of) the 2987-1. Vulcain_K05small by wotsch2, on Flickr Vulcain_K06small by wotsch2, on Flickr Vulcain is currently a brand in the 'not cheap' category with a few lovely retro-oriented designs (I especially like this one here) and seems to be most famous for its Cricket alarm movement. From various sources (e.g. here, here and on the homepage here), I've learned that the company dates back to 1858 and is a well-respected, seemingly lesser-known manufacture. The watch measures 37-38mm across, without the crown, so it might by a little on the small-side for me (in which case the missus is in a for a nice surprise). The first thing I'm planning to do is polish the scratches out of the crystal to let the dial shine through and find a suitable strap to see what it looks like on the wrist. If anyone has more information on Vulcain in general or this watch in particular, the please post. I'd appreciate any info. Cheers! -wotsch
  6. It's Sunday and it's old, well fancy that! Omega Seamaster 600, cal.601 17 jewels. 1966. Later, William
  7. On the 11/11/2015 I purchased my first vintage watch, a Seiko Diamatic 6119-5410.Crystal is near perfect, which is a good thing because of their shape they are near unobtainable. Case could do with a polish. It only cost me $100 which is a bargain, however as with all vintage watches I had no idea how long ago it had been serviced. Worse, it was fine ‘on the bench’ but when I wore it, it was losing time to the tune of….lots.Turns out the barrel jewel is broken and needs replacement – which will be done as part of the service I was expecting to have to have done anyway ($250). So in reality it will be a $350 watch but running perfectly. That’s still a good buy I reckon.Looks fantastic in my opinion and wears well on the wrist. I’m super happy and will be even happier when I pick it up from the watchmakers next Monday. I know it’s a long shot but does anyone know where I could get an electronic copy/scan of an owners manual for this?
  8. so it's a Thos Russell & Sons, was my grandafther's watch. looking for any info like date, approx value (for my own interest, not planning on selling) any helps would be appreciated. kind of hard because the board won't let me post pictures buuuuuut it has a date stamp of no.22988, it says "fine silver" on the inside of the case that closes over the face. inside the case that closes over the gears and the winding mechanism it says Thos Russell & Sons in cursive and has the 22988 again. any help would be appreciated, especially in dating it. thanks in advance see the pics of my watch here: http://fallbrookr.tumblr.com/
  9. Hi all, I am very pleased to finally be able to contribute to this fantastic forum as I have recently been gifted with my very first Rolex. I was hoping someone may know more about this watch and also how to care for it. As far as I know it's a 6694 from the 60's. This watch has a few ware marks on the dial, in and around the crown and on the case. Personally I really like how this has aged and think these marks and to the character. It is a smaller watch but this suits my weedy wrists anyway and I've never really been a fan of bigger watches anyway. I have no clue what makes this watch tick and will be having a look inside myself soon enough. If anyone knows what movement these were made with Id be much appreciative? I am looking to get a new strap for it as it currently has a rios brown croc strap. Which does work beautifully but it's not Rolex and I can be pedantic about the little details. Does anyone know of the best sites to go for this or ideally if anyone knows of any shops local to London where I could browse? I have not worn this much yet so can't really comment on the accuracy for now. I absolutley love this watch, I think it is stunning. Please let me know what you all think, would love to see some other 6694's! And if anyone has suggestions on caring for this piece of art please let me know. Thanks Guys,
  10. This arrived yesterday and I had to try a selection of straps on and photograph it. Today I took it to my local watchsmith who checked under the hood, despite it coming in it's original box with original bracelet, I had not seen the exact condition of the 1570 movement even though I had a timeograph printout included in the package. I was extremely pleased when the back came off to find a super clean 1570 as well as a etched service date for last month. Happy days. (this is not the original jubilee strap included, it has a little stretch and I'm not fond of the style, so this is a cheap strap i'll use occasionally, but I prefer leather) sorry, forgot to include essential details. It's a 1971 1603 datejust. Original dial and hands, the case has been polished 'correctly' according to my local watchsmith who seemed very impressed with the finish.
  11. It is Sunday, it is old... ipso facto it is the Sunday Oldies thread! Bring forth that which is old among you. Omega Seamaster 600, cal.601 17 jewels. 1966. Later, William
  12. Hi Everyone, I'm new to the site so hope I'm doing this right! I've been looking (and looking) for years about some information on my Wittnauer. I used to be a jeweler in Florida and came across this watch when going through their 'scrap' watches. I fell in love with it and was told it was finders keepers. I only know the following - it is a Wittnauer Geneve Automatic, with a 10K bezel and pop-off stainless steel back. It has the Wittnauer W on the crown, a working day/date window, and is in amazing condition. Wondering if anyone else knows anything about it.... Whenever I have searched for similar watches, I rarely see a black dial, and could never find another just like it. Would love anyone's input! P.S. Below is a photo of the watch now (with new brown strap), and it's strap when I found it, in case it seemed to be the original strap for ID. Links to photos: http://pinterest.com/pin/323625923201119637/ http://pinterest.com/pin/323625923201129344/
  13. Please read the rules BEFORE posting, this is not a free selling place.
  14. It appears Mac is on the DL. Anyway, it's time for your Vintage watches. Omega Seamaster Chronograph, cal.1040 22 jewel automatic. 1973. Later, William
  15. Hello watch enthusiasts! I'm stumped. I got this vintage Gigandet triple date chrono watch the other night and trying to find some information on it. I've seen a few just like it except the others all have "Wakmann" marked on the to which this one does not. I have not found any like this without "Wakmann". Is this a different version? From what I know Wakmann was the US distributor of Gigandet but I could be wrong. The inside is marked "Charles Gigandet" also has the 730 with a letter "R". By the way, it works great! Any information that could be shared about this would be greatly appreciated.
  16. I'm stumped. I got this vintage Gigandet triple date chrono watch the other night and trying to find some information on it. I've seen a few just like it except the others all have "Wakmann" marked on them although this one does not. I have not found any like this without "Wakmann". Is this a different version/model? From what I know Wakmann was the US distributor of Gigandet but I could be wrong. The inside is marked "Charles Gigandet" also has the 730 with a letter "R". By the way, it works great! Any information that could be shared about this would be greatly appreciated.
  17. It's happening! Omega Seamaster 600, cal.601 17 jewels. 1966. Later, William
  18. As 6 months has gone by since i first stumbled upon this forum from a start of 4 watches I now own 14 working examples (2 of which I've fixed myself!?) and a collection of ones that need some work to get going and are in various states of dis/repair! For a bit of Sunday fun, where can you get the $2 bill seen in the following photos? And why were they issued? No prize just sharing the knowledge and I am sure you will feel like you have accomplished something on your Sunday once you know the answer! So the photos first the working ones (resplendent in the watch box I got as a Christmas present from the parents) IMG_1087 by Jorrit and Hillary, on Flickr IMG_1088 by Jorrit and Hillary, on Flickr any questions feel free to ask and before you do yes it does annoy me that some of the non hacking units are not quite in sync! then here we have a few I'm either working on myself or saving up to send off to get sorted. IMG_1094 by Jorrit and Hillary, on Flickr have a nice Sunday all Yogi edit - even worse than the non synced seconds just notice the dutch cuff-link that's upside down! Grrrr
  19. Good evening All, I just bought a cheap light tent to try to improve my watch photos. After a few experiments this morning, I'm pretty amazed at the difference it has made. It makes it much, much easier to get a good shot without ruinous reflections. Here are a few of the results. A couple of recent acquisitions plus two of my favourites. First up, the most recent arrival - my Sturmanski Radiation Resistant chronograph: Sturmanskie Chronograph by wotsch2, on Flickr Sturmanskie Chronograph by wotsch2, on Flickr Second, a Glashütte Spezimatic: Spezimatic Weltzeit by wotsch2, on Flickr Spezimatic Weltzeit by wotsch2, on Flickr Next up, my Komandisrki Airforce chrono: KomanKomandirski Airforce Chronodirski_Airforce_Chrono_14 by wotsch2, on Flickr Komandirski Airforce Chrono by wotsch2, on Flickr (continues...)
  20. I'm 17 and looking to buy my first 'nice' vintage, mechanical dress watch. £600 - £800 ish budget. I have VERY limited experience in the field and would appreciate any guidance and advice you could offer, whether it is on an actual watch or just the culture surrounding vintage pieces. Thanks!
  21. Hi, some idea about price? http://lorddub.rajce.idnes.cz/nastenka
  22. Hello! I'm new to the forum, and have to admit I'm not too big on watches, but I collect world war 2 militaria and I came across this Leonidas G.S.T.P which i want to find out more about. I already found a topic here about the same type of watch, and read up on the markings so Im familiar with GSTP now, I'm just wondering if there is any way to find out more about the watch's history. Dial: Military markings on the back: Army marking: British broad arrow with G.S.T.P Army serial number: N 5518 Markings inside the watch: Serial Number: 373738 no markings on the movement somebody carved: W. J. 15. 4. 50 into the side of the lid as well (I guess the owner) /the opened pics were taken by the guy i bought it from, i dont have the tools or confidence to open it/ I checked it for 3 days now and it keeps time very well, I only gain a few extra seconds every day. Is there any way to track the history of the watch (which unit, or at least branch received it)? Also if anyone can give any info on these pocket watches and how they ended up in British service I would be grateful :)
  23. I have bought a few with this description recently, and so far I am 6 for 6, all just needed the battery :thumbup: . But when this was described as needing a battery I took a punt Paid a price that nothing would work, it was full of water or a transplanted movement (ie not enough to worry about) and it was working fine when it arrived. Still can't work out what battery it needs :yahoo: Shame about the marks on the dial but I think I am still on the safe side of not losing money
  24. Hi All, here's an unusual watch that I've just got back from the watchmaker after 6 months waiting (just because he's busy, not because it was difficult to service). Stowa_Digital_01small by wotsch2, on Flickr It's from the early seventies, so before quartz digital watches took off. Stowa_Digital_02small by wotsch2, on Flickr Stowa joined a German watch manufacturers cooperation called "Pallas" in 1974 (sources: here, and here) and mechanical digital watches from 1974 were branded Stowa Pallas (e.g. here), so that would date my watch to 1973 or earlier with only the brand Stowa on the dial. Stowa_Digital_03small by wotsch2, on Flickr The movement is, I believe, a PUW 1560D, running at 3Hz/21600bph, which was designed for mechanical digital watches with second, minute and jumping hour. This was a common movement in many a brand's mechanical digital watches of the time. Stowa_Digital_04small by wotsch2, on Flickr The case is around 36mm across and a comparatively chunky 11mm thick, or 12mm including the protruding glass. Although 36mm may seem small by today's standards, the case shape, integrated bracelet and large amount of metal on display give the watch a significant presence on the wrist. Stowa_Digital_05small by wotsch2, on Flickr This is a really cool seventies watch and I had been waiting for quite a while to find an example in this kind of condition. Apart from one or two bumps, the watch is in very good nick. I'm chuffed. -wotsch
  25. A Grail has arrived..., after some, 4 decades! Better grab a cup of coffee (or other favorite beverage - this group probably prefers tea) before getting into this one... The Juvenia Architect or Protractor Watch: First, your going to have to suffer through a little history lesson... Since the early 70's I have been trying to track one down. I was starting in an engineering position then and I ran across mention of this and saw a picture of it. I was hooked from the moment I first laid eyes on it. I remember trying to track one down at the time and it was nearly impossible. The one I found was outrageously priced and things are a lot different now than they were then. Now some 40 years later, we have this magic thing called the internet. The internet changed the whole world of collectors for all things. Now it is possible to "shop" for things across the state, into other states, other nations, and half way around the world! The whole collecting world would be forever - turned upside down... us oldies remember a world without the internet and trying to hunt down things, "the old fashioned way"..., anyways, I digress. The Architect or Protractor Watch was made from 1960 - 1961 (as far as I can tell) by the manufacturing company of Juvenia. Stainless Steel case of ~33mm in diameter. The movement is a Juvenia Swiss Caliber 612. Original hands, dial, crown, signed movement, etc. Very unusual and very hard to find. Like I say, I was a young and foolish lad who saw something that sparked something deep down inside of me. I never gave up the search and later in my life the "want" turned into a "need". I was constantly on the lookout for one. The few times I could ever find one (I can count the times on one hand) either they were trashed or completely out of my range. Then one day in December 2007 (it is actually the Jan. 2008 issue), I was cruising the magazine rack at the local newsstand (remember those?) and I ran across a copy of "Esquire" (was a great mag, by the way). To my amazement... there was a picture of Johnny Depp on the cover - WEARING MY WATCH ! ! I stopped and did a double-take. Like they weren't hard enough or expensive enough before he decided to parade it across America..., that's GREAT! Seriously? It set the watch world on it's ear and created quite a buzz. Not the best of pictures and no one could identify the watch..., I knew immediately what it was - it was: MY GRAIL!! People were asking what it was, where they could find one, etc. I knew and now I had to have one even more than before. Now it was being called, "The Johnny Depp Watch"... awesome... now I'll never be able to get one!! Turn to 2014 and I find one for sale. It is not in pristine condition, it has some issues. It was cleaned and runs great but the guy is asking what I believe to be an exorbitant amount for the watch. I email him and of course, point out all of the flaws (you all know what I'm talking about and know how to play the game). I make, what I feel is a fair offer considering everything. I am sure he will probably think it's a low-ball offer. I explain everything and my passion for watch collecting..., how I have wanted one of these for years, etc., etc. To my amazement... he accepts my offer!! I probably had no business even making an offer as the timing is extremely bad, but you know how we are? I get the dough off to him and a few days later, it's sitting on my wrist. Like I said, it is not pristine or anything and shows a few signs of wear with some nice patina. I figure I will, hopefully someday, be able to upgrade it to a more Mint example, but until then, I am pretty excited and honored to be able to wear it on my wrist. I even like the "patina" it has acquired over all of these years - sorta like me! I feel Juvenia's are a rather misunderstood brand. Juvenia is a luxury Swiss watch manufacturer currently located in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. It is one of the few Swiss watch companies to have manufactured watches without interruption since its creation in 1860 (150+ years of history - pretty amazing!). One of the first watch manufacturers in 1914, to make a ladies wristwatch, when they came out with a movement that measured 9.5mm x 2.5mm thick (in 1914)! The watches now sell anywhere from a few bucks (on the used market) to tens of thousands of dollars (they currently make a nice tourbillion, as well). I can't see this one coming off or leaving my wrists for any long period of time. I feel this one put Juvenia in the history books and on the horological map (okay..., along with several other horological achievements in their rich 150 year history). The only regret is the size - ~33mm, oh well, the price we 'vintage people' pay to love, understand and want to wear vintage pieces. Referred to as the Architect or Protractor watch because of the reference to the protractor shaped hour hand (which has amazing detail on it's 180° dial with all the markings), the golden arrow minute hand (split at the tip), often referred to as a ruler and the second hand that resembles a pointer in a vintage magnetic compass. Whew... Okay, I know, without further ado (I will apologize ahead of time for the crummy cell phone pix), It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the Juvenia Architect or Protractor watch (aka, alias - "The Johnny Depp Watch" - arghh)...: The one Johnny Depp is wearing for the magazine article is a gold filled version which was the most common. Mine is the stainless steel version and the more sought after, especially with the current trends. I ran across one in a high end auction house in about 2005 and I believe that is the one Depp is wearing on his wrist. A few extra shots of him in the article as well...: I will try and attach a video of just how this thing looks while it's being set... This piece is just too cool and I hope you feel the same!! Any Engineer's, Architect's, Metrologist's (what I am), Machinist's, etc., wet dream come true. My son, who has followed in my footsteps and became a machinist - saw it and fell in love with it. He couldn't keep his eyes off of it and even said, "That ones going to me, right...??" (like... he's not getting them all?!). There have been a few watches of mine he has liked but none hold the fascination for him that this one does. If I ever run across another, I may have to pick it up for him. And, the little video, if you are interested to see how it looks in fast motion (click on the image)...: I have owned this watch for a couple of months now, as I wanted to bond with it. It has been extremely hard to hold off posting on a, "What are you wearing today" thread. I have put it's, "Coming Out Party" together whenever I had a few moments to sit down at the computer and type a few sentences and get everything down. Perhaps only a real watch enthusiast can really appreciate it. I mean, if all you want to do is glance down at your watch to tell the time - then this is not for you. What I really like is; you have to make a conscious effort to literally look at the watch and decipher what time it is. It is definitely not intuitive and it forces you to stop what you are doing, clear your mind and determine what time it is. That's exactly what I like about it, other than it's obvious..., "You've never seen another watch like this", "In your face - good looks!", etc. After a couple of months wearing it, it has become a lot easier to read, I just can't go back to my other watches (my Carlo Ferrara is a similar situation). What can I say...? I am in love with this watch! Sorry to get so 'windy' on you guys... I hope you have enjoyed it and possibly now, this is on your radar as well (or at least the brand name)... good luck and I hope it doesn't take you 40 years to find your grail, whether it be a Juvenia Architect or something else!
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